The Khmer Army High Command reported a lull in the struggle for the embattled provincial capital of Komoong Cham on Thursday (20 September) as government forces secured enough of the city to hand out food to refugees.
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Background: The Khmer Army High Command reported a lull in the struggle for the embattled provincial capital of Komoong Cham on Thursday (20 September) as government forces secured enough of the city to hand out food to refugees.
Kompong Cham 55 miles (88 kms) north-east of the capital, Phnom Penh, has become one of the bloodiest battle grounds in the three-and-a-half year war. An official casualty list for the month-long fighting, issued by the Army High Command, says 185 government troops and 17 civilians were killed and more than one-thousand people were wounded. It says the bodies of 225 Communists were found on the battleground.
Last week government troops pushed back Communist fighters from the city itself after heavy street fighting.
On Thursday, the military Governor of Kompong Cham, General Sar Hor, held a news conference at which he displayed captured enemy weapons. But even as the news conference was held, the sound of heavy artillery could be heard in the suburbs of Kompong Cham. Government officials managed to distribute rice and other food to refugees in the city.
The following day (Friday 21 September), fighting flared up again with a battle for the Military Engineers Camp in the North West of the city. Government troops abandoned the camp when the Communist advance on Kompong Cham began last month.
A Command spokesman said there was no firm indication that the Communists were bringing in reinforcements on the outskirts of Kompong Cham, where he estimated they already had about 20 battalions, each varying between 200 and 500 men.